Auburn tops UAPB

AUBURN, Ala. — Senior Dillon Ortman dazzled Arkansas-Pine Bluff for eight innings and closer Terrance Dedrick closed it out in the ninth as the Tigers defeated the Golden Lions 2-1 Friday night at Plainsman Park.

Ortman gave up four hits, struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter in eight innings of work. Terrance struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the year. Auburn improved to 3-2 on the season.

UAPB (0-7) scored its only run in the top of the eighth as the Lions lost its seventh straight game. They will face East Tennessee State today beginning at 2 p.m. in the second game of the Auburn Classic.

UAPB senior Kyle Schwartz pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs (unearned) on three hits with six strikeouts. Redmond Floyd and Jaron Gold faced the other two batters.

The Lions managed just four hits in the game and were led by Mike Wieland. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored. Kirby Campbell was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Rashawn Tillman was 1 for 3.

Isias Alcantar had the other hit for the Lions.

In the top of the eight, Wieland singled up the middle with two outs. He advanced to second an error by Auburn and later scored on Campbell’s single to right field.

The Tigers will play California, a 3-0 winner over East Tennessee State, today at 6 p.m.

UAPB’s home opener is scheduled for March 1 with a doubleheader against Prairie View A&M beginning at noon at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex.